Radley remembered: Empty Bottle's cool cat lives on in pictures

Ted Kennedy and Dominick Dunne are only the latest in a staggering series of losses suffered this summer, giving credence to what some have begun to morbidly refer to as the "Summer of Death." Many of us were saddened to learn that the Empty Bottle's house cat, Radley, passed away on Tuesday after complications surrounding liver failure (according to the Bottle's ace publicist, Christen Thomas). Regular patrons of the Ukrainian Village club will recall the beloved feline lounging on the couch in the pool room or sucking down secondhand smoke on the corner, but after nearly 20 years (Thomas speculates he was born in 1990) the rock & roll lifestyle finally caught up with him. For the last six months he'd resided with Bottle employees Bruce Lamont and Ryan Rafferty, though he ducked out to make one last club appearance this past July at a weekend garage sale. Needless to say, he will be missed. Shortly after his passing, Bottle proprietor Bruce Finkelman sent out the following eulogy:

Dearly Beloved,

I write to you today to eulogize our friend, confidant, and favorite feline Radley. Today this 25th day of August at 2:32 pm, Radley finally succumbed to the ills of the hard rockin lifestyle he lived.

For these last 16 years, you could find Radley roaming the friendly confines of the Empty Bottle. Slinking across the bar to catch a sip of your beverage, or cuddling with you on the couch. He never judged you when you drank, and was always there to lend a furry shoulder. You were never alone when Radley was around. Many a drummer have been reminded that they were playing in Radleys house.

To the bands that returned him home when found hiding in their van, to the concerned customers who carried him home when he roamed the streets. To the loving family members who cared for him over the years, to his medical team that helped ease his pain. The cat with the mouse tattoo in his ear was truly our friend.

Today is truly a sad day in Empty Bottle history.

Radley has outlasted his brothers and sisters Scout, Boo, Gem, Finch, Atticus, and Bob. Donations should be made to the American Liver Foundation – 312-377-9030. Feel free to pass this on.

Sincerely, Bruce Finkelman and The Empty Bottle Family Finkelman and co. were kind enough to pass along assorted photos of Radley. We encourage readers with fond memories of Radley to share their stories in the comments section below.

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